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The Louisville Youth Choir

History

The Louisville Youth Choir was founded in 1967 by Italio Taranta, a former Professor of Music
and Choral Conductor at the University of Louisville School of Music, supported by Robert
Whitney, former Dean of the University of Louisville School of Music and Melvin Dickinson,
Conductor of the Louisville Bach Society. During its 40 years of service to the community, the
Choir has flourished under the leadership of Michael Neely, Arnold Epley, Russell Freeman,
Richard Lin, John Dickson, Carol Christell, Donna Thomasson, Frank Heller III, Louie Bai-
ley, Don Scott Carpenter and Thomas A. Seacat. Terri Foster was appointed Interim Artistic/Executive Director in 2007.

The Louisville Youth Choir has been heard throughout Europe and North America including
performances in the Dom in Salzburg (2006), Votivkirche in Vienna (2006), Carnegie Hall in
New York City (2003), Santuario de Guadalupe in Santa Fe (2003) as well as Chicago (2004),
Colorado Springs, CO (2003) and Windsor and Toronto, Ontario (2002). At home the choir
has performed for the Kentucky Music Educators In-Service conference several times,
partnered with Kentucky Opera in premieres of three operas based on the lives of Kentuckians
Muhammad Ali, Helen Thomas and Dian Fosse, and premiered commissioned works by
composers David J. Elliott, Bill Stevens, Paul Nahay, Frederick Speck, Frank Richmond,
Patsy Ford Simms and Daniel Gilliam.

In an endeavor to create a community-wide relationship, the Louisville Youth Choir, in the
summer of 2007, became Artists in Residence at the Ursuline School for the Performing Arts. A
long-time member of the Greater Louisville Fund for the Arts, the Louisville Youth Choir has
had numerous opportunities to perform with the area’s finest arts organizations. The choir has
performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Louisville Orchestra, Puccini’s Tosca with the Ken-
tucky Opera, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Louisville Ballet and the Beethoven Choral Fan-
tasy with the Louisville Youth Orchestra. The choir has also partnered with the Louisville Bach
Society and the Broadway Series.

Now in its forty-first consecutive season, the Performance division is comprised of singers in
the 4th through 12th grades in three ensembles: Chorale, Les Chambres and Kantorei. As a community based organization, LYC draws children and youth from throughout metropolitan Lou isville. Its repertoire includes music of many styles and cultures, including major classic and
modern works with orchestra and soloists. LYC offers a choral music experience unique in the
region.

LYC is governed by a Board of Directors composed of parents, area musicians, community
business leaders and other individuals committed to the success of young people. Supported by
the Greater Louisville Fund for the Arts, Yum! Brands, Inc., The Kentucky Arts Council, Metro Louisville Government and an individual/corporate subscriber program, the Choir continues its dedication to young singers in their development of distinguished musical experiences and last ing community-wide friendships.

 


 

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